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The Blotter March 15 2006

Bizarre crimes from Atlanta police reports

AT AN APARTMENT ON LINDEN AVENUE, a 19-year-old man was watching TV. Someone knocked on the kitchen door, so the 19-year-old opened it. Two men walked into the kitchen and said they wanted to buy some candy. The 19-year-old is a high-school senior. He sells candy to help pay his senior dues and to save money for the prom.

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The 19-year-old turned around to get the candy, and one man pulled out a gun and ordered him to get on the floor. Then, the men reached into the 19-year-old's pocket, took $120, and left. The 19-year-old had never seen the two men before, but said he'd recognize them if he saw them again.

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A POLICE OFFICER was standing outside, speaking with several people on Oakland Lane. The officer wasn't in uniform, but noted, "My badge was visible hanging around my neck from a silver chain. My duty weapon was also visible in a holster on my right-side hip."

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A man walked up to the officer and asked where "Dirty" was at. The officer said he didn't know "Dirty." The man asked if the officer had any marijuana for him to buy. Surprised, the officer looked at him and asked, "How much do you need?" The man said, "A nick or dime, just enough for me to get my smoke on." The man, age 42, was arrested for criminal solicitation.

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A DRUNK MAN walked into a Church's Chicken on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway. He was so drunk, he could barely keep his balance. So he bought some food. After the drunk man ate his food, he walked outside and passed out in the drive-thru lane. When he regained consciousness, the drunk man started exposing his penis to people in the drive-thru lane. The drunk man, age 47, was arrested for indecency and disorderly conduct.

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A DRUNK BEARDED MAN was asleep on the floor of the emergency room at Grady Memorial Hospital. Both a nurse and a police officer asked him to leave several times. The man refused and said he was there to treat his disease, "alcoholism." They asked the man if he needed aid. The man said he had a disease. So they tried to escort him out. He resisted, and an officer had to pin him on the ground. The man said he used another drug (besides alcohol) earlier that day, and he had overdosed on the drug about an hour before. The man was arrested for obstruction and violent behavior.

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A WOMAN who lives in an apartment on Ponce de Leon Avenue said she was recently appointed the "resident security" representative of her apartment complex. One evening, she came home and discovered that her front-door keyholes were filled with Superglue. Thus, she couldn't get inside her own apartment. So the woman called police. The woman said she could find a place to stay until morning, when the building maintenance workers could let her into her apartment. There are no suspects.

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AROUND 3 A.M., a woman was walking home from a bar in Virginia-Highland. She noticed that a man was following her. She started to run, and she made it to her house. Looking outside, the woman noticed that the man didn't have any pants on. The man stood on the street, shaking his genitals at her.

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The woman wasn't hurt, and the man was gone when police arrived.

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AT A BUCKHEAD NIGHTCLUB, a man from California was accused of pushing guests. Security guards asked him to leave. Refusing to go, the California man wrapped his legs around a pole in the club.

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A security guard tried to detach the man from the pole, but the man punched him. Eventually, the man was arrested for disorderly conduct. He had two cell phones on him at the time of arrest.

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ON AUBURN AVENUE, an officer saw a man making suspected drug deals. The man took cash from several people and in return, gave them something from his underwear area. The officer stopped the man and checked him for weapons. "Upon doing so, I could feel a hard substance in his underwear," the officer wrote. The hard substance turned out to be crack, and the man was arrested and taken to jail.

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A 50-YEAR-OLD MAN was at a convenience store on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. A bald man in a blue sweatsuit walked up and tried to sell him some shoes. The 50-year-old decided to buy the shoes. Then, the bald man reached into the 50-year-old's car and stole $422 that was on the dashboard. The bald man ran away before police arrived.

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A SECRETARY AT A CHURCH on Candler Parkway was new on the job. She got a call from a man who said he was a church member and he was calling from Toronto, Canada. He needed money because he had been mugged and left with a broken nose. The church secretary didn't exactly know who the man was, but he sounded like a specific church member she knew. She asked if the man was that church member. Yes, the man said, adding that he sounded different because of his broken nose. The church secretary wired the man $400 via Western Union. Turns out, the man was posing as a church member. The church is out $400, and the church treasurer wants other churches to be aware of the scam.

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Items in The Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta police reports. The Blotter Diva compiles them and puts them into her own words.





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